The Women In Tourism (WIT) Ghana has congratulated the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku on her new appointment as Chairperson of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) leadership taskforce group. The association said it is proud of the Minister’s good works. “We are honoured that the Minister has received this honour on behalf of the people of Ghana, and we applaud her commitment to the growth of tourism in the country with its attendant national benefits,” President of WIT, Nancy Sam, said. She added: “We say once again, ‘Ayekoo’, Madam. We are really proud to be associated with you”. WIT believes that the appointment of Catherine Afeku as Chairperson for the Leadership Taskforce Group would put a spotlight on the efforts put in by women in tourism to grow the sector. Announcing the appointment on her Facebook page last Thursday, Catherine Afeku expressed delight for such an honour. “The appointment was announced at the first meeting of the leadership taskforce which took place on the 25th of January, 2019 at the headquarters of the world body in Madrid, Spain” she said. While taking the opportunity to thank the good people of Ghana for their support and to all the individuals and organisations contributing largely to the development of Tourism, Arts and Culture across the globe, the Tourism Minister assured the UN tourism body that she “will work diligently to ensure the taskforce attains its set targets” under her auspices. The Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili had earlier congratulated Catherine Afeku on the appointment in a letter dated 29th January, 2019. “I would like to express my gratitude for your presence and valuable input and leadership role at the first presidential meeting of the Leadership Taskforce which took place on 25th January at the UNWTO Headquarters in the framework of the Women in Tourism Empowerment Programme, Focus on Africa,” Mr. Pololikashvili wrote. He further noted, “It is with great pleasure that I have learned of your unanimous appointment as Chairperson for the Leadership Taskforce Group. I would like to convey to you my warmest congratulations and I wish you every success and personal satisfaction in your new responsibilities as Chairperson for the upcoming mandate of two years.” The Secretary General said he will look forward to the collaboration between UNWTO and Ghana for the Regional Congress on Women Empowerment in Africa in the Tourism sector, which is scheduled to be hosted in Accra, Ghana from 25-27 November 2019.